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Amend your ways, Cleric tells Nigerians

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, on Sunday urged Christians to use the remaining part of the Lenten season to reflect on their lives and make necessary amends with God.

Martins gave the advice while delivering a sermon at the administration of the sacrament of Confirmation on 785 youths from parishes under the Ijaja Deanery at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Lagos.

He described Lent as an important retreat needed for spiritual growth in the life of every Christian.

“This is the last Sunday in the season of lent; very soon the season of lent will come to an end; each and every one of us should ask himself or herself, what have I done in the Lenten season?

“What did I offer for the welfare of other people, what did I offer to God for the good of other people, what did I give to my family, what did I give to the people who are suffering from one difficulty or another?

“What did I give for the good of other people is the first thing you should ask yourself, apart from what did
I give, we should be asking ourselves what have we given up during this season of lent.

“What have I given up for the good of myself, the sin in my life, the selfishness, greed, hatred, envy, jealousy and even the idolatry in my life, have I given them up in these weeks of lent?

“If by any chance you can tell yourself I have not, then you have this week left to make amends, our God can make the impossible to be possible.

“Let us use whatever that is left in the season of lent to do that which we may not have done, the lord will receive our petitions and grant us graces of the Lenten season,’’ he said.

The archbishop explained that Confirmation made recipients soldiers of Christ, ever-ready to preach the gospel to any end of the earth and always work in God’s vineyard.

He later inaugurated St. Joseph’s Medical Centre and a guest building built by parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at a cost of N77 million. (NAN)

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